Laos Gives Official Statement on Cambodian Border Tension

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On the morning of August 27, at the Lao Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Anousine Khattiyalath, Deputy Head of the National Boundary Committee, gave the following statement to the press on the situation at the Lao-Cambodian border.

“Misinformation has been spread among social media last week concerning the situation at the Lao-Cambodian border, on the Lao side of the upper reaches of the Xe Lam Phao river in Mounlapamok District, Champasak Province, which borders Chhaeb District, Preah Vihear Province, Cambodia. 

Mr Anousith Khattignarath, Deputy Head of the National Boundary Committee
Mr Anousith Khattignarath, Deputy Head of the National Boundary Committee

“I, Anousine Khattiyalath, Deputy Head of the National Boundary Committee, would like to officially state that the area in question is stable, and our two countries are not engaged in any kind of standoff. There is no tension, and there are no major problems. There have been no armed clashes and there have been no other incidents.

I attest that the situation at the Lao-Cambodian border is not as stated by various unofficial online news media, either domestic or foreign, and which has served to create misunderstanding between our two countries, and which has damaged the good relationship between our two nations, who have always been good neighbours who respect each other’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity.

In regard to the resolution of problems at the border between Laos and Cambodia, both parties are holding to a peaceful approach, by means of negotiation, to ensure that the border area between both countries can be a peaceful, friendly, and cooperative border.”

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